VIDEO: Twins Born at 30 Years of Age
An Oregon couple has welcomed twins from frozen embryos. These embryos had been frozen around 30 years ago and some experts believe them to be the longest-frozen embryos that have now been born.
On Oct. 31, Philip and Rachel Ridgeway welcomed their twins, Lydia and Timothy, who had originally been frozen as embryos on April 22, 1992.
Rachel Ridgeway has said that this experience has been “a tremendous blessing.”
Embryo donations essentially mean that an embryo is removed from one person and then transferred to another. However, there are some cases where the embryos are frozen through a process called “embryo freezing” or “cryopreservation.”
The Cleveland Clinic has noted that the live birth rate per transfer for frozen embryos is around 49 percent.
The Ridgeways, with their twins, may have also broken a record with the birth. In 2020, a couple named Tina and Ben Gibson had a daughter, Molly, from a 27-year-old donated embryo. Her sister, Emma, was also born in 2017 from a 24-year-old frozen embryo.
Rachel Ridgeway noted that when they were looking at embryos they wanted to find those that had been overlooked for the longest time. This is what drove them to choose those 30-year-old embryos.
The couple also noted that they have openly explained to their other children how the twins were conceived.
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